This week’s updates from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) on road construction projects for Barron, Burnett, Polk, Rusk, Sawyer, and Washburn counties.

Northwest Region Pavement Marking

Highway: Various

Location: Various

Schedule: May 17 to October

Cost: $1.04 million

Description: Completing longline marking of centerlines and edge lines and special marking of words, arrows, stop bars, diagonals, curbs and crosswalks.

Traffic impacts: No work planned this week.


Polk County

Highway: WIS 46 (Keller Avenue)

Location: Snow Street to the York Park entrance, city of Amery

Schedule: May 3 to October

Cost: $1.87 million

Description: Resurfacing WIS 46, reducing the number of traffic lanes to one in each direction with a two-way left-turn lane in the center by adding new lane markings, upgrading traffic signal systems at the intersections of Broadway Street East (County F) and Birch Street to current standards and replacing curb ramps throughout the project limits.

Traffic impacts: WIS 46 is closed from Broadway Street East (County F) to Hyland Street; traffic is being detoured via WIS 46, US 63 and US 8.

Highway: 30th Avenue

Location: Willow River Bridge, town of Clear Lake

Schedule: Aug. 23 to October

Cost: $454,257

Description: Replacing the bridge.

Traffic impacts: 30th Avenue is closed in the project limits.


Rusk County

Highway: US 8

Location: West 8th Street to River Avenue East in Ladysmith

Schedule: Aug. 16 to late October

Cost: $1.62 million

Description: Grinding the full width of the existing concrete pavement to a depth of 1 to 2 inches, repairing concrete joints with asphalt mix, overlaying the roadway with 2.25 to 2.5 inches of asphalt, upgrading curb ramps to Americans With Disabilities Act standards, converting West 5th Street North to right in/right out only from US 8, adding a raised median at the railroad crossing, upgrading signage and putting down new pavement marking..

Traffic impacts: The shoulder on westbound US 8 from West 8th Street to River Avenue East is closed.

Highway: WIS 40

Location: Devils Creek Bridge north of Bruce

Schedule: July 6 to October

Cost: $853,908

Description: Replacing the bridge.

Traffic impacts: WIS 40 is set to reopen to traffic today.


Sawyer County

Highway: County E

Location: Couderay River Bridge

Schedule: Sept. 13 to November

Cost: $582.000

Description: Replacing the bridge.

Traffic impacts: County E is closed at the bridge.


Washburn County

Highway: US 53

Location: Between Mackey and Ross roads in the town of Trego

Schedule: March 17, 2021 to November 2022

Cost: $17.65 million

Description: Reconstructing US 53 from Mackey Road to existing US 63, relocating US 63 to closely follow the existing Wild River State Trail and constructing a new grade separated interchange connecting US 53 with realigned US 63, new west frontage road from Mackey Road to County E and turn lanes along US 53 at existing intersections, including Mackey, O’Brien and Ross roads.

Traffic impacts:

  • US 53 is reduced to a single lane in both directions, and the speed limit has been reduced from 65 mph to 55 mph.
  • Temporary signals are in operation at the US 53 intersection at US 63/Liesch Road.
  • US 63 lanes are restricted to 13 feet, and the speed limit has been reduced from 55 mph to 45 mph.

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